Bhubaneswar, September 21 (LocalWire): Twenty years after Australian missionary Graham Stuart Staines and his two minor sons were burnt to death in Keonjhar district, the team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested one of the accused who was absconding till date.
The CBI sleuths arrested Budhadeb Naik, a native of Nischitapur village under Thakurmunda police station jurisdiction of Mayurbhanj district, on charges of committing the crime with 19 other accomplices on 22 January 1999.
Naik was 25-year-old at the time of the incident when he along with the mob led by Dara Singh burnt to death Staines and his sons, Philip (10) and Timothy (6), who had joined him for a vacation.
A CBI court in Bhubaneswar had awarded capital punishment to Singh while 12 of his accomplice were sentenced to life imprisonment.
However, the higher courts later commuted Singh’s death penalty to life imprisonment.